Final preparations for dismantling the baseboards have now been completed.
The joint in the middle of the backscene is disguised by the chimney of the Blanket Mill, and a plume of smoke issuing from the chimney. The chimney is modelled from card in very low relief.
The chimney is fixed to the backscene by small squares of double-sided tape, and was carefully prised off with a thin pallet knife. The smoke is supplemented by thinly teased out cotton wool (which my wife thinks looks really naff). The cotton wool is not stuck to the backscene; it adheres simply by molecular attraction / static electricity. So it was a simple matter to pull the cotton wool off the backscene. The painted smoke doesn’t look too bad by itself, so I might make do without the cotton wool in future, subject perhaps to some minor touching up of the painted smoke.
I had literally papered over the crack, and so the paper had to be cut through with a craft knife in order to enable the two main parts of the backscene to be separated. (I have yet to devise a means of disguising the other joint in the backscene towards the left-hand end of the layout, but the gasworks chimney will be positioned immediately below that joint. I may resort to a similar subterfuge there, although I will have to arrange it in a different way, so as to avoid its looking the same as the other joint.)
When disconnecting the wiring, I had omitted to undo the cross-baseboard connections. These take the form of improvised plugged choc blocks (which I may replace with proper plugged choc blocks); so these were now pulled apart.
All remaining items were then removed from the baseboard (various miscellaneous detritus that really had no business being dumped there), and the baseboard was given a long-overdue sweep with the vacuum cleaner.
The next task will be removing the two white chests of drawers that sit beneath the layout, together with the desk that abuts the layout at one end, followed by various bits and pieces which have been stored under the back of the layout. This should free up enough room to separate the baseboards and take off the backscenes.